Trevor Barton was a 20-year-old Londoner whose life was tragically taken in a train accident in May 2012. Trevor was an outstanding person, a great friend, a solid student, and a spectacular athlete, who excelled at baseball, basketball, and football (and nearly every other sport imaginable).
The co-founders of the Trevor Barton Memorial Foundation had the pleasure of not only witnessing Trevor’s athletic talents on the fields, courts, and rinks but also growing up with him as a best friend. As Trevor excelled in sports throughout our youth, he benefitted from financial support from members of his community, and the Foundation tries – in Trevor’s honour – to provide this same type of support to children in need.
What started out as a mission to provide comfort to Trevor’s family, and to remember Trevor in a way that was consistent with his own development, has resulted in a Canadian registered charity with strong support from the local community and sponsors throughout Southwestern Ontario and the GTA and with reach to underprivileged youth athletes throughout Ontario.
The Trevor Barton Memorial Foundation was established to alleviate poverty by providing publicly-available grants to underprivileged youth athletes to cover the costs associated with organized physical activity. The Foundation’s goal was and remains to promote good health and physical activity among children and youth and to mitigate the impact of poverty on prospective young participants.
The Foundation’s original focus was on forming relationships with athletic organizations to identify players in need of financial support and to provide funding on a player-by-player basis. We realized over time that the Foundation could do even more if it was able to surface youth athletes who were not showing up on league radars, often because these families know they cannot afford registration fees. Accordingly, the Foundation has worked to relieve this problem through launching fully-funded grassroots leagues in low-income areas and populations, supporting large groups of underprivileged children at a time. The Foundation has built partnerships with community organizations (e.g., Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, Ontario Works) and has worked with them to implement these programs. The Foundation continues to also provide individual grants to on an as-needed basis.
In 2018, the Foundation provided over $68,500 to underprivileged Ontario athletes through more than 365 grants. The Foundation is requesting Lerners’ funding in order to implement more fully-funded leagues, which require more up-front capital than individual, as-needed grants. The Foundation has developed relationships with key stakeholders that will allow us to serve the community to an even greater extent, and the additional capital would help make this dynamic possible.
The Foundation implemented three fully-funded leagues in 2018 in both basketball (in partnership with the Jr. NBA) and soccer, totaling 250 participants, including one league with approximately 150 underprivileged participants and approximately $20,000 in proceeds. A Lerners donation would allow us to make a tremendous impact on the community, and the Foundation looks forward to the opportunity to work together in the future.
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